Draymond Green is under a different microscope when it comes to physical interactions on the court, so it’s little surprise that several NBA writers took exception to something the Warriors star did Friday night.
We’ll leave it to you to judge whether Green was deliberately trying to take a shot at James Harden, who has been nursing a wrist injury.
This dirty play by Draymond is just sad to see, Harden’s wrist is hurt and he just takes a cheap shot. pic.twitter.com/9KPZ6voOjm
— HARDEN MVP (@SpaceCity4Life) April 1, 2017
The bare-bone facts go like this: As Harden guarded Green in the key during the third quarter, the Rockets star stuck his hands on Green’s jersey — seemingly snagging the Warriors logo on it. With his right forearm, Green came down on Harden’s left wrist to wrangle free.
“He pinched me. So I punched his wrist,” Green said after the win. “That’s pretty much it. … He does it often, actually, which is kind of adolescent. But whatever.”
Green, of course, has a history of supposedly dirty moments on the court. Most prominent was when Green’s apparent swipe at LeBron James’ groin got him suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals.
That doesn’t mean every single thing Green does merits scrutiny and disgust from fans.
Still, the Warriors forward operates under a different microscope.